Day in history for August 1, 2005

1855 -- 150 years ago
The Illinois Central Railroad began building a granary at Chicago 200 feet long by 100 feet wide and over 100 feet high.

1880 -- 125 years ago
The office of the Port Byron Lime Association was entered early in the morning by burglars. The safe was blown open but it contained only about $10. No trace of the burglars had been discovered by late afternoon.

1905 -- 100 years ago
J.T. Francis resigned as sales manager for the Rock Island Plow Company, a post he had held for 13 years. He was to accept a similar bid with a firm in South Bend, Ind.

1930 -- 75 years ago
Robert Fisher, 25, of Davenport, carrying three automatic pistols, was arrested in a Moline hotel at 10:50 last night, just six hours after he had held up and robbed a brokerage house of $650 cash.

1955 -- 50 years ago
Picketers with placards turned out early this morning at the main gate of the John Deere Planter Works, Moline, as the UAW-CIO called a strike at the four Deere plants in Moline and East Moline and four in Iowa.

1980 -- 25 years ago
Beth Trego, 8, of Moline, was crowned ''Miss Moline Playground'' this week at Prospect Park. Her mother, Judy Trego, was ''Miss Moline Playground'' in 1957.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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